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Concerns on state budget, gratitude for marriage bill

Concerns on state budget, gratitude for marriage bill

| May 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

Minnesota Catholic Conference continues work on priorities as special session looms

As state legislators appear headed to a special session to complete the unfinished business of passing a state budget, the Minnesota Cath­olic Conference is working to ensure that a final agreement meets the needs of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

In the meantime, it expressed gratitude to lawmakers who voted in favor of a marriage amendment bill that was among the MCC’s top legislative priorities.

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Parish trustees called on to assist pastors

Parish trustees called on to assist pastors

| May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Did you know that your parish is a corporation, legally speaking, and that it has a board of directors?

Hundreds of parish trustees from throughout the archdiocese recently attended gatherings to learn about their role as parish board members. The archdiocese held the gatherings as many parishes begin proceedings to merge or cluster according to the archdiocese’s Strategic Plan, released last October.

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Catholic school welcomed into archdiocesan fold

Catholic school welcomed into archdiocesan fold

| May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

It is official.

Cedarcrest Academy in Maple Grove can proclaim its identity as a Roman Catholic school.

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Institute grads set to share new understanding of faith

Institute grads set to share new understanding of faith

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Previously, Linda Harmon and her family didn’t attend Mass regularly because they lacked a connection to the faith, a view she thinks many Catholics share.

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Minnesota House passes marriage amendment bill

Minnesota House passes marriage amendment bill

| May 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

Following an emotional debate, the Minnesota House passed a measure Saturday night by a vote of 70-62 that will put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2012 to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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Archdiocese issues statement on John Jay study

Archdiocese issues statement on John Jay study

| May 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

The study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the causes and context of clerical sexual abuse of minors is a landmark effort that demonstrates the U.S. church’s commitment to addressing the issue and ensuring that all children are safe, said a statement released May 18 by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Msgr. Habiger celebrates 60 years as a priest

Msgr. Habiger celebrates 60 years as a priest

| May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Msgr. James Habiger, retired executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood May 22.

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Church will celebrate its namesake with special event

Church will celebrate its namesake with special event

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Roses, petunias, hibiscus, and an abundance of greenery on St. Rita Church grounds at 8694 80th Street, Cottage Grove, won the parish the commercial green garden award in 2009, but landscaping was not just about beautifying the premises. The Church honored its namesake, St. Rita of Cascia, Italy, by doing what she loved, planting flowers.

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Families reap rewards from pay it forward in Lakeville

Families reap rewards from pay it forward in Lakeville

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

The fifth-grade faith formation class at All Saints in Lakeville, led by Liz Townley, recently heard from the recipients of their 2011 Pay it Forward for Lent project, which raised $520 through a bake sale and hot dog dinner.

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Seminarian journeys from collegiate basketball competition to good, old camaraderie

Seminarian journeys from collegiate basketball competition to good, old camaraderie

| Matthew Davis For The Catholic Spirit | May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chris Miller began his college journey playing NCAA Division III basketball for Augsburg College in Minneapolis. But his journey took a much different route than most student athletes.

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Vigil for the common good

Vigil for the common good

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Rev. Doug Mitchell, center, chair of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s executive board, talks to a group of people May 11 outside the Minnesota State Capitol at the statue of Floyd B. Olson, governor of Minnesota from 1931-1936.

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Loretto Catholic school to close at end of school year

Loretto Catholic school to close at end of school year

| May 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Academy of Ss. Peter and Paul in Loretto will close at the end of this school year, the pastor and trustees of Ss. Peter and Paul parish announced in a May 13 letter to parishioners and school parents.

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